3rd alligator found in Pittsburgh
Here we go again.
For the third time in a month, Pittsburgh Police recovered an alligator that was loose in the city.
Officers found the gator on a porch on the 300 block of East Agnew Avenue in Carrick around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
They put it in a box and took it to Zone 3 police headquarters where animal control officers came to take it to Humane Animal Rescue in the East End.
Nobody was hurt.
It was the smallest of the three alligators found recently in Pittsburgh, about 2.5 feet long.
The first was about 3 feet long. It was discovered along the banks on the Monongahela River in Southside Riverfront Park on May 18.
The second was about 5 feet long, spotted Thursday in Beechview.
Police do not believe the three incidents are connected.
Officers and pet store owners told the Tribune-Review last week that it’s fairly common for people to buy alligators as pets, then release them into the wild upon realizing the creatures are too difficult to care for.
Gators aren’t suited for cold Pittsburgh winters.
Police reminded residents that anyone who encounters an alligator or any other exotic animal should not approach it, and instead should call 911.
Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .